Cross Kasey Kahne’s name off the list of drivers on the move. He said Friday he doesn’t want to break his contract with Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of the season.

“I made a commitment to race with (the team) through 2010, so I’ll do that for sure,” Kahne said. “I told them from the start that if we can get our cars where they are right and competitive with the best teams out here, then I don’t know why I would ever want to move from that company.”

Kahne’s name has popped up recently as a potential free agent, based somewhat on his frustration of not being more consistent in the No. 9 Dodge. Although he heads into Saturday night’s race at Phoenix International Raceway ranked 10th, he has not consistently contended for a championship since joining the team in 2004.

RPM has had several ownership changes since Kahne signed on, transferring from team founder Ray Evernham to partner George Gillett Jr. before its January merger with Petty Enterprises.

He has nine career wins, but has not finished higher than eighth in the final season standings. He’s also made the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship twice in five season.

“I want to get a chance to compete in some really good equipment,” he said. “Were working on that and if we get there, I’ll stay with RPM.”

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