Kevin Harvick set to switch sports, if only for a night

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick will be switching sports tonight, if only for a few hours.

Harvick, the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, has been named a celebrity captain for the 2016 Triple-A baseball Home Run Derby.

The event kicks off a three-day All-Star celebration at BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. Harvick will sign autographs down on the field along with the seven other celebrity captains prior to the competition, with the gates scheduled to open at 6 p.m. ET.

A total of eight sluggers will compete for the 2016 Triple-A Home Run Derby championship — and this is where it gets kind of cool and separates itself from the more well-known and popular Major League Baseball version that also will take place tonight in San Digeo.

The participants in the Triple-A version include six Triple-A players from the pool of players who are one step away from the MFB, plus two high school competitors (Riley Zayicek of Lake Norman High School and Trent Alley of Charlotte Country Day School), who qualified during a High School Home Run Derby tournament at BB&T Ballpark in May.

Representing the International League will be Aaron Judge (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre), Chris Marrero (Pawtucket), and Jesus Montero (Buffalo). On the Pacific Coast League side will be Kyle Jensen (Reno), Rob Segedin (Oklahoma City), and Travis Taijeron (Las Vegas).

Harvick joins a celebrity group of captains that also includes former NFL player; current NFL player Shaq Thompson of the Carolina Panthers; former NBA star and current coach of the Charlotte 49ers’ college team, Mark Price; former MLB pitcher Jack McDowell; current NBA coach Steve Clifford of the Charlotte Hornets; and retired professional wrestler Sgt. Slaughter (not his real name).

During the competition, Harvick will represent the Kevin Harvick Foundation, which he established in 2010 along with his wife, DeLana.