Originally Posted by Kage
... It set alight long before it crashed though. The entire top of the car flies up in the explosion, followed by it blowing up before hitting anything else I think...
Well, the top of the car you see is basically the "shell" of the racecar. I don't know if you've ever watched it before, but many race cars have a shell that can literally be lifted off with your hands and exposes the engine bay, the driver seat, etc.
Many NHRA racers have survived crashes similar to this one, but none have been as violent where the driver, still in the car, has crashed into the barricades at the end of the racetrack at such high speeds.