Kasey Kahne's new team for 2009, Richard Petty Motorsports, was the result of a merger between his team's previous incarnation, Gillett Evernham Motorsports and Petty Enterprises.
The year started off inconsistent for Kahne, with early top 10 finishes at Atlanta and Bristol. Kahne won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 event on June 21, 2009, for his first road course win.
After a hot summer streak that saw three top 10's in a row, Kahne climbed into Chase contention. During the Pep Boys Auto 500 on September 6, 2009, Kahne made a late race pass and held off Kevin Harvick for his second win of the season.
Following the first 26 races of the season Kahne was in the top twelve in points, earning him a place in the Chase for the Championship. He was seeded fourth in points. But Kahne struggled to get into contention for the championship and finished 10th in the final season standings.
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